Cycling with children on the island of South Koster
There is something very special about cycling on the almost car-free island of South Koster. Distances on this eight-square kilometre island are ideal for a family cycling trip. As a bonus, you have an invigorating start to the day when you take the ferry out to the island – a truly memorable journey in every sense. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear, weather permitting. South Koster has lots of excellent beaches and rocks for bathing. Along the way you can take a break, relaxing in the sun with a well-deserved cup of coffee and something to eat.
Ekenäs and Långagärde – start and/or stop
Depending on where you want to cycle, you can choose to disembark at Ekenäs or Långagärde. If you decide to disembark at Ekenäs, a visit to Naturum, the visitor centre for the Kosterhavet National Park, is a must. The centre offers an interactive exhibition, petting aquarium, film show, souvenirs and lots of excellent guides who can tell you all about the national park and life below the surface of the ocean. At Ekenäs, you can stay at Hotel Koster and eat well in the restaurant’s outdoor eating area. There is a kiosk that is open during the summer, as well as Kosters Rökeri with its smokehouse, fish shop and highly recommended restaurant.
Photographer: Jonas Ingman
At Långagärde on the Koster Sound, you can savour the delights of Restaurang Sundet’s stone oven-baked pizzas, or you can visit the Local History Museum, which is open throughout the summer.
A pleasant stop along the way
The cycle routes on Koster offer lots of attractive and exciting detours. Just north of Ekenäs you can stop at Rörvik and examine the marine life along the marked snorkelling trail. Nor should you miss Valfjäll, the highest point on South Koster. With its enchanting view across the Koster Islands and the surrounding archipelago, it is a unique experience. And don’t forget the delightful Koster Gardens, close to Långagärde, with its visitors’ garden, cafe, restaurant and farm shop.
Photographer: Åsa Dahlgren
Other pleasant stops along the way are the sandy beach at Kilesand and the harbour at Brevik, where there are barbecue facilities and picnic tables.
If you need to buy something, or if you are looking for an ATM, there is an ICA store in the middle of the island that is open all year round.
Bicycle hire Disembark from the ferry at Långagärde or the harbour at Ekenäs. There are bicycles for hire at both locations. It is perfectly fine to hire a bicycle at one location and return it at the other, before taking the ferry back to Koster.
Photographer: Åsa Dahlgren
Travelling by ferry to Koster
The Koster Islands are located just outside Strömstad in northern Bohuslän, and can be easily reached using your own boat or by ferry. The ferry to Koster departs regularly from the northern harbour in Strömstad, and calls at the different harbours on Koster several times a day. The service operates all year round. You can take your bicycle with you on payment of a fare supplement.
See the current timetable and fare table for the ferry to Koster here.